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Thread: Slipknot wall hanging (my brain won't shut up with ideas)

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    Since the Kittie t-shirt quilt is now on hiatus (which will now be made for myself because I'm not dating the person it was going to) I want to make something else. My friend, Andrew (we kind of have a "I love you, but things are too messed up now for a relationship at the moment" thing), half jokingly said I should make him a quilt made up of Slipknot t-shirts so he'd have something to hang up on his wall. After a while I thought "Why not?" and have decided to go for it.

    The only thing I know for certain is that it will have nine t-shirts on it. I went with nine because it seemed like nine would make a good sized wall hanging, but today I realized there are 9 members in Slipknot (or were...Paul Gray died earlier this year). Kind of a nice touch. Oh, and I'm almost 100% certain what kind of rod I'm going to buy for it to go with it so he can hang it up on his wall.

    But I keep coming up with so many ideas that I don't know what to do with them. First I was going to have grey borders and sashing like the Kittie quilt, but somehow got the idea to do them in solid black like the shirts. Then I was working the crafts section at work and saw those iron on studs and remembered they used to carry ones that looked like the pyramid studs you find on belts and wristcuffs at Hot Topic----thought "The sashings gonna be real thin...maybe find pyramid stud iron ons and iron them on sashing and add to the heavy metal look?" Today while making breakfast (of all things) I thought if I do the whole thing in black that maybe the quilting should be in a different thread color so that it really pops---red or grey I wondered? Speaking of quilting, I oringinally was going to a ripple effect (in other words, plain straight stitching) and at work the other day during break I got the idea to do diamonds along the borders.

    I love when I get ideas for things, but hate when my brain just won't shut up for a moment with them. Hmmm...what do you guys think of all these ideas?

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    First off, I have to thank katier825 for recommending Seawatch Fabrics to another member on the board on a thread about buying fabric online. Not only did I find a bunch of kimono/Japanese style prints I found this cool looking black crackle print. I thought about using it for the borders and sashing of the Slipknot quilt. So I made a rough layout on PhotoShop with the fabric and it actually doesn't look half bad. Like I said before I had thought about doing black borders to go with these black t-shirts (crazy, I know), but when I did this crackle fabric I thought the solid black would have been too boring.

    Here's the image I came up with. Sorry for the lack of t-shirt images in the design. A search on Slipknot shirts on eBay with the "new" and "black (main color)" filters on yields over 450 results. With so many results even I'm not entirely sure how the quilt will look like. I think it will look even better once the t-shirt designs are put in.
    [IMG]http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q...knotcopy-1.jpg[/IMG]

    The image had to be reduced due to board regulations so here's a link to the original image at full size (I think it looks better)
    http://s132.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/?action=viewt=slipknotcopy.jpg

    And here's the link to the border and sashing fabric
    http://www.seawatchfabrics.com/cgi-b...on&key=N313-94

    What do you think?

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    All I see is a black screen here and at your link.

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    links dont work my dear and all we see so far is black pics.

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    Try this. I added the shirt designs into the image.
    http://s132.photobucket.com/albums/q...shirtscopy.jpg

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    Forgot to ask: what do you think?

    After the posts that said "all I see is black" I'm beginning to doubt the black crackle fabric with black shirts. Or perhaps I'm the only one who sees the concept of it all. I liked the idea of pairing the black shirts with black borders, but I thought solid black would look too boring. I really like this black crackle fabric because it keeps with that idea and also gives the borders and sashing a texture so its not stale. It kind of has a leathery sort of look to it.

    But the concept art didn't have the t-shirt designs in it at first so maybe it did look like an all black square even with this textured fabric. So I put the shirts I was thinking about getting into the design...maybe it will be better to visualize the concept with the designs in place.

    I don't know. Maybe I'm just crazy.

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    COOL! I saw the black on black blocks. Really like the look with the t-shirt images. I think the quilt would look really great...maybe even need to invest in a black light...yeah, I'm a child of the 60's and 70's

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    Maybe use a silver metallic thread to accent your black on black theme and the stud idea? My son would really like your idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeeGirl
    COOL! I saw the black on black blocks. Really like the look with the t-shirt images. I think the quilt would look really great...maybe even need to invest in a black light...yeah, I'm a child of the 60's and 70's
    Okay. So I'm not a crazy quilter with a crackpot idea! lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    Maybe use a silver metallic thread to accent your black on black theme and the stud idea? My son would really like your idea.
    Eh, not going to go with the stud idea. When I tried looking for iron on studs the largest I could find were 1/4". I'm estimating the t-shirt squares will be at least 12"-15" wide so to put 1/4" studs (spaced at 1/16" like they do with bracelets) on the sashing...can't imagine how many hundreds of iron on studs that would take. And there's no way on Earth I'm buying real studs (bigger ones) and putting them into the quilt. Last year for Halloween I went as the lead singer of my favorite band (see avatar) and took apart an old belt of mine to reconstruct them into a wider belt for the costume...ugh, that was a pain. And now that I have the crackle fabric I think it would look better without them anyways.

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    Based on Slipknot alone, I would do any quilting in red - maybe zig zags, something sharp and jagged. I think the studs would be a PERFECT embellishment. And I like the black crackle as opposed to plain black sashing with black blocks. Breaks it up a bit, but keeps with the theme of the band.

    And I know exactly what you mean about the never ending ideas. I've had about 10million plans for the quilt I'm working on for my husband. LOL

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    I just saw fluorescent thread. How cool would that be with a black light? OK, I'm a kid at heart. I'm sure whatever you decide will be amazing. If you revisit the stud idea, try http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/. That's a great resource for things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Based on Slipknot alone, I would do any quilting in red - maybe zig zags, something sharp and jagged. I think the studs would be a PERFECT embellishment. And I like the black crackle as opposed to plain black sashing with black blocks. Breaks it up a bit, but keeps with the theme of the band.

    And I know exactly what you mean about the never ending ideas. I've had about 10million plans for the quilt I'm working on for my husband. LOL
    For me the "ten million" ideas could make up the quilt label. Probably had as many ideas on what to do with the label as I have with the quilt.

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    Hmmm...I just had an idea.

    Have you done any FMQ? In your example picture, the top center t-shirt has that swirly/spiky S symbol. That would look really cool FMQ'd in the outer border.

    Ohhh, or the 9-point star...or BOTH!

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    My 16 year old son says "Hex, yes!". He wants it instead of your friend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    Hmmm...I just had an idea.

    Have you done any FMQ? In your example picture, the top center t-shirt has that swirly/spiky S symbol. That would look really cool FMQ'd in the outer border.

    Ohhh, or the 9-point star...or BOTH!
    No, I have not. And I'm not going to strain myself trying to learn with only.........oh my god, there's only 29 days til Christmas! *GASP!*

    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    My 16 year old son says "Hex, yes!". He wants it instead of your friend!
    Guessing your son love Slipknot?

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    I think this quilt needs a title. I don't want to keep refering it to as "Slipknot quilt". At first I was going to find Slipknot lyrics and use something from that for the title, but the only lyric I could find that maybe works goes "Then I'm 666". Yeah, 666...how (un)original for heavy metal. :roll:

    Slipknot fans are refered to as "maggots". It sounds like an insult, but actually its refering to the way Slipknot fans "feed" off their music. Since this is a gift for a Slipknot fan maybe I could work that into the title. Like..."Ode of the Maggot" or something. lol.

    Sometimes its weird talking about this quilt to you guys. You show off these wonderful looking quilts in bright colors and cheery fabrics and they look "happy" and "cuddly" in general......then I come in with this "brutal" idea for quilt with black fabrics (since they don't make anything darker) and heavy metal t-shirts from a band where the fans have a disgusting sounding title for them (and they're proud of it!). You know? Occasionally I feel like the odd ball of the group coming up with these quilts inspired by video games or heavy metal music, but I'm glad the response isn't negitive about it.

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    You are no more oddball than my wanting to make a quilt depicting molecular structure. No one outside my household gets that one either. I wouldn't worry about wanting to make something that doesn't look like the "normal" and in-the-box. No one accuses me about being in the box either. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    You are no more oddball than my wanting to make a quilt depicting molecular structure. No one outside my household gets that one either. I wouldn't worry about wanting to make something that doesn't look like the "normal" and in-the-box. No one accuses me about being in the box either. :-)
    What kind of molecular structure?

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    I think the black crackle fabric would look great teamed with the Tshirts. I know you have gone off the idea of the studs, but how about one largish stud in each corner of every Tshirt...kind of "nailing" each graphic on. Like the idea of metallic thread...will add extra dimension. This is going to be a really amazing quilt. Maybe of those really industrial looking metal rods or chain would really set it off. I am really looking forward to what you come up with.

    One of the best things about this group is diversity....each quilter puts a little of themselves in each one...and as quilting is an art form, those differences should be celebrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    I think the black crackle fabric would look great teamed with the Tshirts. I know you have gone off the idea of the studs, but how about one largish stud in each corner of every Tshirt...kind of "nailing" each graphic on. Like the idea of metallic thread...will add extra dimension. This is going to be a really amazing quilt. Maybe of those really industrial looking metal rods or chain would really set it off. I am really looking forward to what you come up with.

    One of the best things about this group is diversity....each quilter puts a little of themselves in each one...and as quilting is an art form, those differences should be celebrated.
    I'd have to find studs large enough to do it. My sashings are going to be 1". But I think the quilt will be good without the studs. Though I like the idea of the industrial looking metal rod.

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    Just paid for 8 Slipknot shirts I bid on. Got out bid on another shirt, but got another two days on it. If I play my cards right I think I can swoop in with a bid in the last minute. Or find another shirt that I can buy with the $10.32 I have left on PayPal. I'm mad because currently the next cheapest shirt is the SAME exact shirt and its $10.99 total...couldn't have made the shirt an even $7 (with $3 shipping)? Grrrrr.

    I can't wait until next paycheck for the shirts because the all shirts determine the size of the quilt and therefore how much fabric I have to get for the borders. And with only 25 days left wil Christmas I can't waste any time.

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    I got one of the Slipknot shirts today! I should be getting the rest within the next week or so. I'm so excited!

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    I finally got all the shirts! Should be sending out my label fabric today. Going to the LQS before work to get fabric for the borders and backing of the quilt and a little extra to furoshiki Andrew's birthday present. I'm hoping that I can find a black on black fabric I like that's not solid...I wasn't able to get the crackle fabric. If I have extra time I'll go to the tattoo parlor and set up a date for the tattoo I want...its going to be my Christmas present to myself.

    As soon as I get this thing underway I'll post pictures.

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